Bay County Audubon Society   
                P.O. Box 1182
                   Panama City, Florida  32402

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Upcoming Events
Plants for Birds
Click on the following link to view a recording of our recent symposium “Birds, Bugs, and Berries”
May 26,2018 Camp Helen State Park
Photo by Emily Ellis
Monday March 11 at 6:30 pm in Byrne Hall at St Andrews Episcopal Church, 1608 Baker Ct in Panama City. 

Gail Casteel will present “The Birds of Costa Rica.” She provided the following “itinerary” for her presentation. “First we’ll visit Tirimbina Rainforest Lodge and La Selva Biological Station. Then to Caño Negro situated only a few miles south of Nicaragua and Lake Nicaragua, where we’ll travel the water ways and surrounding countryside. Next we head for the mountains to the west to explore Rio Celeste and and Monte Verde with several stops to complete the circle back to San Jose.” The public is invited to travel with us. A brief business meeting and social will follow her presentation.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 -  Camp Helen Monthly Species Count. Meet us at the Camp Helen front gate at 6:00 am sharp. Bring binoculars, scope [if you have one], water and snacks, hat and sunscreen. If you would like to participate, please contact Emily Ellis so that we will wait for you at the gate, at 

Tuesday, March 12 and 19 -Bird Art Projects in preparation for our Conservation Park Bird Walk later this month, BCAS is partnering with Floriopolis to learn about birds, create bird art, and do some journaling. Join us for an open house event at the St. Andrews Civic Club from 3-6 p.m. Bring the family and have some fun. The address is 2629 W. 10th St. (across from Oaks by the Bay Park).  
Saturday, March 9, BCAS will be joined by Choctawhatchee Audubon in a combined work/birding day at Audubon’s Laidlaw Preserve in Washington County. The storm did some damage to our trails and we need your help in clearing debris. If the birders can carry pocket clippers and move branches off the trails, that would be a great benefit. In addition to your binoculars bring work gloves, clippers, lunch and drinks. We will definitely get some birding done and eat lunch at the gazebo. Meet at Porter Park in Lynn Haven, located at the foot of the Bailey Bridge at 7:15am to leave at 7:30. We will meet the Choctawhatchee Audubon folks at the roadside park in Vernon (just north of the Holmes Creek bridge) at 8:15. If you are not able to work, come anyway to enjoy the birds and native plants that are there. Contact Neil Lamb at 850-814-1276 for more information or for updates.​

Saturday, March 16- Hiking at Pine Log State Forest with the Sweetbay Native Plant Society. The Florida National Scenic Trail goes through Pine Log State Forest, and there should be plenty of birds and native plants for us to look at on this fairly easy walk through Florida’s oldest state forest. Bring your binoculars, cameras, walking shoes and a picnic lunch to eat at the picnic tables in the parking area. The park is located just south of Ebro, Fla. off Hwy 79 Between Hwy 388 and Hwy 20. Meet us behind the Taco Bell on Hwy 98 and Thomas Drive at 7:15am to leave at 7:30 sharp. Or you could just meet us in the main parking lot at Pine Log at 8:00 if you prefer. There is a possibility the trails will be wet so you might want to wear appropriate footwear. As always, include insect repellent in your bag with snacks and drink. Cancel if rain. Difficulty: easy to moderate. For more information or updates call Ron at 850-774-9733. 
Saturday, March 23- Bird Walk at Panama City Conservation Park Meet in the main parking lot at 7:30. There should be some spring migrants coming through. Difficulty: easy. The bird walk will be preceded by a community Art Effort at Floriopolis.